Grants

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In 2015, the Foundation received a grant request from the Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN). The organization hoped to create and donate to the city of Geneva a large mosaic mural. A Geneva businessman offered one wall of a building he owned, which adjoined a pedestrian walkway adjacent to the Geneva History Museum. The Foundation approved the application, and the FVJN engaged the artist Danielle Dobies and enlisted the help of its members, the public and schoolchildren, and others to assemble a four-by-eight-foot, multi-foliate mosaic mural. Nearly two years later the mural, entitled Shalom, was dedicated.

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In fall 2016, sculptor Larry Johnson completed a life-size bronze figure entitled Prairie Girl, to be donated by a local family foundation to the Geneva Park District. A site at Peck Farm Park was selected, but no mounting for the sculpture had been included in the donation. In response to a grant application from the family foundation the GFA awarded funds to create a base for the sculpture, which stands in a beautiful location surrounded by flowers, not far from Peck Farm’s Butterfly House.  

For more information on the mural project and its impact on the community, read the Daily Herald article about the dedication ceremony. 

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